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Old 02-24-2012, 12:05 AM   #1
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The images you see here are alleged to be patent documents that have been filed by Mercedes for a new four-door SLS AMG. The images were unearthed by Autoblog and although nothing can be confirmed at the moment, it suggests the SLS AMG range will spread to another variant.
The coupe and the roadster are already on the market whilst the electric SLS AMG E-Cell is due to be launched by next year. Additionally, Mercedes has confirmed that a hard core Black Series is in development meaning the four-door version would become the fifth variant of the series.
If the image proves to be correct, it reveals the four-door will retain the front gullwing doors and will get a set of rear hinged doors that create a wide opening for passengers in the back. It is also worth noting that there is no evidence of a B-pillar in the patent images meaning it would probably have to be integrated into the doors just like Ford achieved with the new B-Max.
The patent does not necessarily confirm a production model is in the pipeline. Mercedes could simply be preparing a concept that would hit the auto show circuit. However, if Mercedes does sign it off for production, we would expect it to rival models such as the Porsche Panamera or Aston Martin Rapide.
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:13 AM   #2
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Stupid.

Why would one not just use longer gull wing doors?


No additional height requirement. No additional width requirement. No stubby half-B-pillar fastening post required.

Heck, SLS could look better with the hoffmeister kink, and the better shaped rear window on that Subaru concept, as well
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:42 AM   #3
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I'm with stupid.
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:05 AM   #4
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Looks like MB wants to get into the ultra-sporty Luxo sedan market that's currently occupied by Porsche, Aston Martin, and the yet released Lamborghini.

I love the SLS and I see one everytime I go to a local cars and coffee meet. A four door version would definatively be competitive with the forementioned vehicles though I do agree with the other posters that one large door would be more elegant, but there could be crash safety or other issues that non-industry ppl don't understand.
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:08 AM   #5
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Why would one not just use longer gull wing doors?
I can only imagine what that door would weigh? Half ton?
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:10 AM   #6
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I can only imagine what that door would weigh? Half ton?
I would imagine that it would weigh a little more than most hatches on a large SUV. There are struts and power lift options that would work in this situation.
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Old 02-28-2012, 01:30 PM   #7
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please dont
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Old 02-28-2012, 03:56 PM   #8
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The only thing worse than the Panamera
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:36 PM   #9
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lol these pics look like from a kindergarten drawing contest.

seems kind of dumb idea.
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